Venus Retrograde 2002
By Felissa Rose

On October 10, 2002 at 2:36 PM EDT Venus will go retrograde at 15 degrees 35 minutes of Scorpio. The retrograde lasts until November 21, 2002 when Venus goes direct at 0 degrees 3 minutes of Scorpio.

As the mythological goddess of love the planet Venus governs all relationships - romantic, platonic, aesthetic, diplomatic, etc. Its influence is to beautify, harmonize and soften. Without Venus our civilization would not have progressed much beyond the caveman era. Certainly it would have less refinement and more coarseness.

During a retrograde period the things Venus influences will be less evident or be of diminished interest in the world. Considerably decreased is the importance of visual sensibilities. People dress with less flair. One's color sense tends to be muted. Now is not the time to purchase clothes or jewelry, change one's make-up or hairstyle. Redecorating or refurbishing homes or business should also be avoided. This is a time of bad hair days and just not looking right. But you won't be alone most others will feel the same way or not really care.

One will be less inclined towards balance and harmony; the aesthetic of recording artist Eminem both in dress and music is very Venus retrograde as well as all types of trashy entertainment. One should avoid opening an artistic or musical show during Venus a retrograde period, as individuals are less in touch with the outer expression of beauty and creativity.

During this period the pace of relationships slows down and this is not the best time to get married or give big parties. Since Venus rules diplomacy, slowdowns in all sorts of negotiations can be expected, including labor unions, legal matters and world diplomacy.

Venus with a Scorpio Backdrop

Throughout this entire retrograde Venus is transiting Scorpio the astrological sign of confrontation, resentment, explosions, and terrorism. It's also the sign ruling regeneration and transformation. There's likely to be much discord between warring nations and less chance of lasting peace. But there can be much reflection and behind the scenes activities during this time, which can be finalized after Venus goes direct, and hopefully the regenerative nature of Scorpio will kick in.

Scorpio also rules cosmetic surgery. If you're planning any cosmetic surgery it would be a good idea not to have it done until the retrograde is over. You can wait until it goes direct but it would be better to put it off until Venus passes the point at which it went retrograde, that is after December 22, 2002. Mercury will be retrograde from January 2 to the 22nd in 2003 so after that would be even better.

Internal differences between individuals as well as nations ca be worked on. It is an excellent time to seek the beauty of the inner being by opening oneself up to spiritual harmony and such practices as relaxation and meditation.

Stationary Motion Influence

When a planet is stationary - the time it is about to go either retrograde or direct in motion - its influence is most intense. About a week of so either way the world will wake up to Venus. There can be a buying spree, increased releases of new musical material, a rash of parties and socializing, as well the onset of new romantic relationships. Importantly progress can be made in the resolution of differences between individuals and nations. The station occurs during the first 10 days of October and the last 10 days of November.

Unlike Mercury, which goes retrograde three times a year, Venus goes retrograde approximately every year and a half. The next one begins on May 17, 2004 and ends June 29, 2004 - so much for 2004 June weddings. Mercury went retrograde on September 14, 2002 and goes direct October 6, 2002. There's more information on this retrograde in my prior writing.

Copyright 2002 Felissa Rose. All rights reserved.

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